Take Your Dog Out to the Ballgame – Dog Friendly Baseball Games 2017

For these special events, a section of the stands is reserved for people and their dogs.

* Kansas City Royals – Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Kansas City Royals vs. the Giants
The Kansas City Royals are excited to host Bark at the Park again in 2017! This year’s three events will be held on April 19, May 30 and August 30, 2017.

Kansas City Royals

  • Tampa Bay Rays – Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Houston Astros
    The Tampa Bay Rays invite you and your puppy pal to Dog Day at the Rays at Tropicana Field when the Rays take on the Houston Astros!

 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Chicago Cubs
    Pup Nights are back, and you can reserve your seats now to enjoy the excitement of Bucs baseball with your pet at PNC Park. Miller Lite Rooftop seating is reserved for dog owners and their pets, with fun activities planned for both dogs and owners.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, April 29, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the New York Mets
    Back by “Pup”ular demand! Purchase a discounted ticket for you, your family, and your favorite family pet. Proceeds from your pup’s ticket will benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance.

 

  • Cincinnati Reds – Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates
    Our popular dog lover games are back! Reserve your seats today for Bark in the Park presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish and Kroger to enjoy the excitement of Reds baseball alongside your pet at Great American Ball Park. This year’s four events will be held on May 3, June 7, August 29 and September 21, 2017.

 

  • Chicago White Sox – Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    Chicago White Sox vs. the Minnesota Twins
    This year’s two events will be held on May 9 and September 6, 2017.

 

  • Texas Rangers – Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Texas Rangers vs. the Oakland Athletics
    Bring your dog to Globe Life Park on Saturday, May 13th! Dress your dog in their best Rangers gear and participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track. Don’t miss out on this unique event to watch the Rangers take on the A’s with your favorite furry friend!

Texas Rangers

  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Washington Nationals

 

  • Seattle Mariners – Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Seattle Mariners vs. the Chicago White Sox
    Grab your dog and join us at Safeco Field for one of three (3) Bark at the Park Nights. Dog Pack includes a human ticket, dog ticket, Mariners dog tag and postgame walk around the bases for just $50. This year’s three events will be held on May 18, July 6 and September 5, 2017.

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Miami Marlins
    On Saturday, May 20, the Dodgers will hold Pups at the Park at Dodger Stadium. Fans that purchase a special event ticket in the Right Field Pavilion are invited to bring their dogs to the park and help cheer on their home team as the Dodgers host the Miami Marlins at 7:10pm.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • St. Louis Cardinals – Saturday, May 20, 2017
    St. Louis Cardinals vs. the San Francisco Giants
    On Saturday, May 20th, the St. Louis Cardinals host the 13th Annual Purina Pooches in the Ballpark. The purchase of a special ticket will grant you and your pooch the opportunity to enjoy the game in pet-friendly sections of the ballpark. You and your pooch are then invited onto the field to participate in a pre-game costume parade around the warning track.

St. Louis Cardinals

 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Miami Marlins – Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Miami Marlins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Miami Marlins

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
    Milwaukee Brewers vs. the San Francisco Giants
    The Brewers are letting the dogs out for Miller Park’s first-ever Bark at the Park event, presented by Nylabone and Pets Add Life. As part of this special event, your four-legged friends can accompany you to the game as you cheer on the Crew alongside your canine companions. All dogs^ will receive a collapsible Brewers dog dish*, plus the first 300 dogs signed up will have the opportunity to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track with their owner.

 

  • Cincinnati Reds – Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

San Francisco Giants

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Colorado Rockies

 

 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

 

  • San Diego Padres – Thursday, June 29, 2017
    San Diego Padres vs. the Atlanta Braves
    Put the PET in Petco Park! San Diego Padres fans, bring your dog to the game on June 29, 2017 for the Dog Days of Summer at Petco Park. Up to 500 dogs will be permitted and an advance application is required. You and Rover can watch the Padres face the Seattle Mariners from the Park at the Park.

San Diego Padres

  • Seattle Mariners – Thursday, July 6, 2017
    Seattle Mariners vs. the Oakland Athletics

 

  • Oakland Athletics – Friday, July 14, 2017
    Oakland Athletics vs. the Cleveland Indians
    To participate in Bark at the Park, presented by AvoDerm Natural and Nylabone, you must purchase a special event ticket.

 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Milwaukee Brewers

 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Detroit Tigers

 

  • Colorado Rockies – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Colorado Rockies vs. the Atlanta Braves
    The Colorado Rockies are proud to announce the annual Bark at the Park on Wednesday, August 16th, presented by AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods and Nylabone. Dogs and owners alike can partake in the fun and festivities as the Rockies take on the Atlanta Braves. With each paid human ticket one dog is allowed in for free. Special event tickets, proof of vaccinations, and signed waivers are required for participation.

Colorado Rockies

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers

 

  • Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the New York Mets

 

  • Kansas City Royals – Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    Kansas City Royals vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

 

  • New York Mets – Monday, September 4, 2017
    New York Mets vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

New York Mets

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Chicago Cubs

 

  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Seattle Mariners vs. the Houston Astros

Seattle Mariners

  • Chicago White Sox – Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    Chicago White Sox vs. the Cleveland Indians

Chicago White Sox

 

  • Washington Nationals – Thursday, September 7, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

 

  • Arizona Diamondbacks – Sunday, September 10, 2017
    Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the San Diego Padres
    Bark at the Park at Chase Field is presented by AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods and Nylabone!
  • Arizona Diamondbacks – Dog Days of Summer
    Dog Days of Summer ticket packages are available starting at $160 and include a semi-private space with all the necessities for four people and one dog. Each table comes with access to All-You-Can-Eat hot dogs, soda, water, popcorn, peanuts, and chips. Fans must purchase entire table.Located along the main concourse behind the left-center field wall, the PetSmart Patio features a family-friendly atmosphere with multi-tiered seating that is perfect for groups of humans and canines of various sizes. For each Dog Days of Summer game held at Chase Field, pets can enjoy concessions such as dog-friendly ice cream. As part of the Dog Days of Summer ticket package, pet parents will also receive a PetSmart “Doggie Bag,” complete with free items from PetSmart.Directly behind the PetSmart Patio will be the PetSmart Park, an outdoor and indoor (air conditioned) dog park so even in the heat of the summer dogs can run around and play. The outdoor park will feature a baseball theme complete with a baseball diamond and a grassy outfield – perfect for dogs to explore, play ball with other dogs or find their perfect “spot” to go to the bathroom. Each of the games will feature an MVP — Most Valuable Pup — shout out.

Arizona Diamondbacks Dog Days of Summer

  • Houston Astros – Sunday, September 17, 2017
    Houston Astros vs. the Seattle Mariners
    Join us for the annual Dog Day at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, September 17th as the Astros take on the Seattle Mariners. A special Dog Day ticket is required if you are wanting to bring your pooch to the ballpark on 9/17.

Houston Astros

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Milwaukee Brewers

 

  • Cincinnati Reds – Thursday, September 21, 2017
    Cincinnati Reds vs. the St. Louis Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds

 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Baltimore Orioles

 

  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, September 30, 2017
    Washington Nationals vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates

    Washington Nationals

 

Woof Woof’s Guide to Traveling in all Weather

Woof Woof is probably colder in 50 degrees and rain than he is when it’s snowy and 27 degrees. In his first full New York City winter, I learned what it means to prepare my dog for all weather and seasons.

Here’s What We Learned:

Sweaters Work for Cold Weather, but Not for Snow or Rain
Woof Woof can wear his sweater in 25 degrees or higher without shivering. Below that, he needs his winter coat.

Rain Coats are Essential
If he doesn’t wear a rain coat, he is happy playing with his friends in the park, but he’ll want to get home quickly. After all, Woof Woof doesn’t mind getting wet, but he minds staying wet. If he wears a raincoat, the water doesn’t soak through to his skin as much.

 Even Dogs Benefit from Dressing in Layers
If it’s windy and cold, he’ll wear his sweater underneath his winter coat. For snow in the upper twenties without wind, he’s happy with only his weather proof winter coat.

There are Outfits for Extreme Heat
The last thing I would ever think my dog would need are summer clothes. He has fur! But, that’s exactly why he needs Ruffwear’s Swamp Cooler vest. You stick it in the freezer, and then your dog is cooler in the summer. You still shouldn’t keep your dog in the heat for too long, and should probably avoid mid-day long walks.

Boots Can Be Needed in Both the Summer and Winter
If your dog wears boots in the summer, sidewalks aren’t so bad. But, they can be if the boots aren’t very thick. Woof Woof has Ruffwear boots that have sneaker bottoms. In the winter, he needs his boots because of the salt on the roads and sidewalks. The snow doesn’t bother his feet, but the salt does.

Bottom line:
Each dog is an individual. Pay attention to what your dog needs. Whether you buy your dog clothing from Ruffwear’s site or your local pet store, invest in a good rain coat, winter coat, and cooling jacket. A good pair of boots is nice, too. Sweater quality isn’t as important. You can buy them from anywhere, but you should have at least one good coat if your dog happens to get chilly.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof Rides Amtrak

Amtrak has the strictest dog travel policies. Dogs do have to ride in their carry-on bag, and must be under 25 pounds to ride onboard. At 18 pounds, Woof Woof had no problem meeting this criteria.

Woof Woof is a New York City dog who has been in a cloth shopping bag on the subway a million times. Technically he should be in an enclosed carrier. He got a $25 ticket once as a pup, but I’d rather spend the cost than lug around an unneeded large carrier, and make him keep his head under mesh fabric. Thus, we enter and leave small subway stations where tickets are less likely to happen.

At first, I kept him in the carrier. To keep him happy, I’d pet the mesh to make sure he felt comfortable and paid attention to. He stayed in the carrier for the first three hours, but everyone wanted to see him. I took him out and let him sit on my lap. When I got up to go to the cafe car to get coffee and dinner for Woof Woof and I, a nice woman watched him in his carrier. I zipped him up in his carrier because I didn’t want her to encounter a problem. But, there was a problem because Woof Woof wasn’t fond of the carrier and me gone at the same time. He cried a little. It wasn’t loud, but I didn’t want him to whimper again. We split a pepperoni and cheese snack pack, and I carried him inside the carrier to the cafe for the rest of the trip.

On the way home, he sat on my lap with permission of the person next to me. While I was able to work on my laptop, he played with a three-year-old. He didn’t bark at all. I took him for five minute walks, and everyone was excited to see such a well-behaved dog.

What we learned about taking dogs on trains is to have a carrier just in case, and a dog that can behave in one. If the carrier doesn’t fit under your seat, you’ll have to have the carrier under your feet for the duration of the trip. Do expect to bring your dog with you in the carrier if you get up for any reason. Expect, at least if your dog is like Woof Woof, he or she will love looking out the window, and will bring joy to neighboring passengers.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof finds dog-friendly wrapping paper

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Soupy

It’s one thing to get your friends or family with dogs gifts for the holidays or other occasions. It’s even better if you can give it to them wrapped up in a way that the dog can remove on their own.

Woof Woof has two “sisters.” His sisters are puppies that starting going to the park at the same time he did. Of course they needed presents for the holidays. Woof Woof definitely preferred ones they could share. So we bought his sisters Soupy and Soula leopard print tennis balls. They were packaged in small paper bags and tied by twine with paper name tags attached.

Soula’s dog parent handed her the present in the bag. Soula tore open the bag with her teeth m, and the ball popped up for her and Woof Woof to play with. They chased each other and the ball. Woof Woof always likes to catch it and then tease the other dog by showing off that he has the ball so he can play chase. Soula is very talented and has learned to throw the ball in the air by standing, releasing the ball upward and then hitting the ball into the air with her nose.

unknown-1Soupy will get hers next. Shush! Don’t tell her what she’s getting. 😉

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof gets his first Bark Box

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 I honestly debated whether the $25 per month for toys and treats would be worth it, but it was $5 for the first month. Since that’s less than I normally spend on treats, I thought ‘Why not?’

When I saw Woof Woof’s reaction when I opened the box, I knew I made a good decision. The stuffed toy was a large turkey with a strange squeaking sound that sounds like a whoopie cushion. I think it’s supposed to be a turkey gobble. I would mind the noise, but Woof Woof doesn’t seem to want to squeak it. He just runs back and forth with the toy in his mouth. The Thanksgiving theme continued with the other toy, an apron rope toy with toy squeakers that says “Lick the Chef.” He chewed it for a moment and then went back to the turkey.

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He definitely liked the turkey pumpkin treats. It only took one sniff before he reached for it. He hasn’t tried the other treats yet and I don’t know how I feel about the pig’s ear.

We will definitely get it again. It was a great selection, a nice surprise for Woof Woof and worth the money. It would have been a few dollars less per month if I had bought him the box for a 0 to 20 pound dog, but he’s 18 pounds. It’s a good idea to go one box size up if your dog is at the top end of the weight range.

FYI: He got the box three hours ago and is still continuously playing with his turkey toy. To get your first Bark Box free, follow this link.

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Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof’s Advice for Keeping Pets Calm and Healthy for Holiday Travels

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Woof Woof has been traveling since he was 7-weeks old. Over the course of a four-day road trip home from Texas to New York, he managed to avoid accidents in 23 hours of traveling. We’re lucky. He’s a natural traveler who doesn’t get any kind of motion sickness. The challenge is just making sure he doesn’t jump on the drivers lap.

To get the best expert advice we could, we talked to Woof Woof’s trainer, John Monteleone. He’s the head trainer for the animal talent agency that represents Woof Woof, All Tame Animals.

He says the secret to a dog traveling by car or train is that you are prepared if your dog has motion sickness or has a tendency to be anxious. There is medication for both conditions, but you should always talk to your vet before giving your dog any form of medication.

But the biggest preparation you have to make on a roadtrip is safety. When your dog is taking a walk outside near any road or parking lot, watch for antifreeze fluid. Dogs may drink from the puddle because of the sweet taste, but it’s poisonous.

He also says not to let your dog put his head out the window. With Woof Woof, I always worry he’ll fall out. He’s a little guy, so if his head is outside window, not much of his body is still in the car. He’s just as happy with air conditioning and looking out the window, enjoying the view.

Woof Woof wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving with turkey and vegetables for your dogs – served in their food bowl instead of from the table.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof Researches Dog Passports

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When I first got Woof Woof, I knew I wanted a dog that was under 20 pounds. I never wanted him to have to fly in the undercarriage of the plane. I was stoked when I heard about dog passports. Even if he never traveled internationally, I knew I wanted to have one. Now, we’re planning several trips, and it’s time to start researching.

First what is a dog passport and does it work everywhere? For most countries, a pet passport is replaced by the health certificate that needs to be filled out by your vet for travel. What is really important is what vaccinations you need, if there is quarantine potential and if your pet must be microchipped.

Depending on the country, you may need just a few shots or you may need several sets. While you may book a ticket a couple of weeks in advance, you should always double check on the country’s website. I always google pet passport and the country name to get the information I need. For the United Kingdom, dogs traveling from the US don’t need anything too exciting as far as vaccinations, but you may have to repeat a rabies vaccine if your dog wasn’t microchipped before his or her last rabies vaccine.

Japan requires an extensive list of vaccines, but that’s not why I wouldn’t take my dog there. He can be quarantined for any reason when he arrives for more than a month. I can’t take that risk. Japan does this because their country is rabies free and wants to protect their dogs from contracting diseases from countries where rabies still exists. As a traveler, it’s a sign to only bring your dog to Japan if you plan on relocating. For the same reason, you shouldn’t bring your dog to Hawaii or Australia if you aren’t going to be there for at least a year.

The good news? There’s a whole world inside and outside of the US to explore. Just learn how the rules in advance, so you and your dog can have a wonderful vacation.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.